Funding for BPOA ornamental growers study tour

USA Map_275_174The BPOA and HDC's study tour of the USA for protected ornamentals growers has received £2,500 funding.

The support has come from the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) following a successful application from trip organisers, BPOA and HDC, for a DCF Sponsored Scholarship by Ball Colegrave.

BPOA and HDC are planning a weeklong study tour of Eastern USA in February 2015 and the funding will support one or two young people on the trip.

The focus of the trip will be on well respected nurseries producing a wide range of bedding plants, other seasonal plants and pot plants. These include: Metrolina Greenhouses, one of the largest glasshouse facilities in the world, as well as Rockwell Farms, Whites Nursery, Bell Nursey and Lucas Nursery. Other visits include: the North Carolina Station University research facility and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

Michael Smith, of the BPOA Technical Committee, and W.D. Smith & Son director said: “In the early days of my career I was lucky enough to be sent on a similar study tour.

"Visiting these nurseries was an inspiration to my career, as well as spending so much time with established growers on the tour. We want to give some young growers the same opportunity to help build a future for our sector."

The study tour costs £1,449 per person based on two people sharing a twin room with single occupancy costing £1,749.

Those interested in sending a young developing person from their team that have restricted funds should contact Michael Smith at bWljaGFlbEB3ZHNtaXRoLmNvbQ==" target="_blank">bWljaGFlbEB3ZHNtaXRoLmNvbQ== with a proposal for candidate funding.

To simply book places on the study tour or for further information call 01509 618 810.

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